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    Mar 02, 2016 2:30 PM GMT
    Any other mountain climbers out there? Like real mountainy mountains.

    In the last few years, I've summitted Denali/Mount Mckinley, Rainier, Hood, Granite Peak, Montana and Gannett Peak, Wyoming.

    Putting together the final touches on my plans for a second climb of Rainier at the end of July. icon_smile.gif
  • camfer

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    Mar 03, 2016 2:40 PM GMT
    I summitted Cotopaxi. That was an enjoyable week.

    I did the highest peak in Australia, but that doesn't count as mountaineering!
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    Mar 03, 2016 3:35 PM GMT
    Mount Katahdin is the biggest climb on the east coast. Yeah yeah I know we don't really have any "real" mountains on this coast, but this mountain is one my favourites to do that doesn't require any gear. Knife's edge and Pamola peaks are highlights for me. I'd recomend camping out at Roaring Brook or at Chimney Pond and taking the Helon Taylor up the top. Hike takes between 6-10 hrs depending on your pace and how often you stop. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 03, 2016 5:18 PM GMT
    "Mountainy mountains" can have numerous personalities. Mt Adams in WA is a day hike up the south side (those willing to risk it can go up and down in running shoes or basic/simple trail shoes and a couple water bottles/snacks), and yet switch to the east or west sides and you'll encounter some of the most technical climbing in the world. Mt Rainier has its technical routes, but, similarly, it has some easy 'hiking' routes to the summit. So 'summitting a mountain' is going to be held in some circles as to how you answer the question - "which route did you take?" Or - "did you guide yourself or did you pay a guide service to lead the way?".

    I like to get out and cross-country navigate in Glacier Park and the desert southwest - especially the Escalante area. Great fun to get up on the plateaus and navigate to a trail head 10 miles away, with no trail to follow, only your topo map and compass.
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    Mar 03, 2016 11:20 PM GMT
    Great responses!

    Would love to get down to South America one year and climb a big mountain down that way. Aconcagua has occupied some of my thoughts but Cotopaxi had to be awesome. Have always heard great things about it.

    Katahdin is a cool mountain as well. I got my start as a Northeast hiker 20-something years ago and have had several trips to Baxter Stae Park. Did Katahdin via the Abol Slide route back in '96 or so.

    And yeah, I get the routes versus mountains thing. But really I was just trying to differentiate in my OP between day-hiking your local hill and big mountains. I know Rainier isn't the world's most technically difficult mountain, but by any route it is a multi-day venture that requires roped glacier travel and 9K or so feet of vertical ascent. Personally, I get most excited in the Class 3 or 4 category. Of the mountains I listed in my OP, Rainier has the softest max angle at 35 degrees or so via its easier routes. The others I mentioned get to 55 degrees or so via the routes I took except for Granite, which had low Class 5.

    Anyway, cool to see other climbers on here. icon_smile.gif
  • LJay

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    Mar 07, 2016 1:23 AM GMT
    Mecduplateau, Mt. Washington has its challenges.